Monday, May 03, 2010

The Story Pirates Were Here

The Aurora staff are rejuvinated after a truly exhilirating weekend with The Striking Viking Story Pirates. This talented team of New York actors and performers make it their mission to celebrate the words and ideas of young people, and they do so by working with kids in public schools and at special events to create original stories that the Pirates then perform for the young authors, and young writers across the nation. Aurora's action-packed Pirate weekend included a public performance Saturday afternoon, a one-on-one workshop with the Pirates and twelve 6-10 year olds on Sunday, and two performances at Woodrow Wilson Montessori on Monday morning. In a special collaboration with Writers in the Schools, students enrolled in the WITS after school program at Wilson Elementary wrote a story, "Puppies in the Pound" in preparation for their visit and sent it to the Pirates in advance of their performance. The students then got to see it their own story performed by the Pirates at their school. Two other Wilson Montessori classes also participated with stories that came to life on stage before their eyes. Aurora Picture Show would like to thank Woodrow Wilson Montessori, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and Writers in the Schools for making the Story Pirates' Houston visit such a huge success. For videos from these inspiring kids and adults, click here.